Watch out for the Little Words: From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power. I’m looking forward to our time today, so grab your coffee and come on in. I found something that I think might just make you raise your eyebrows a time or two.

I’ve actually wanted to share this with you for sometime, but there have been so many other things to talk about but the timing is great now. It was back in August that I was reading this devotional on finding God’s will for your life and the verse that Joni was using was from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and frankly, it’s a verse I have struggled with all the years of my growing faith. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

There are so many of you out there who are struggling with finances, health, issues with your kids, relationships, I mean the list of struggles goes on and on and on forever and ever.  How in the world can we REALLY be thankful? I mean, come on, being thankful during hardship and pain is like finding a needle in a haystack, right? Doesn’t it sound literally impossible?

Well, let’s re-read that again, because there’s a little verb in there that I don’t know about you, but for years, I just flew right over it like a bird flying south for the winter. Drum roll, please……..

God is not asking us to BE thankful for the pain, heartache, turmoil and trials; He’s asking us to simply give thanks. Find something to be thankful for. It’s a whole lot easier to give thanks than it is to “feel” thankful during those Goliath times of trial, refinement and pain. See, feeling thankful involves your emotion, but giving thanks involves your will, your mindset. There’s a difference between trusting our Father and trustful feelings. I call it faithing, the verb form of faith.

Now, there’s another real small word in this scripture, a preposition that again, I’m embarrassed to admit, I’ve also skimmed right over like a rock on the river. Do you see it? Another drum roll, please……………………….. It’s a doozie……………………….

He’s not saying to be thankful for the pain, hardship, trials and tears; what He is asking is that we give thanks IN them. Whew, I don’t know about you, but that’s a whole heck of a lot easier to digest now.

Putting this into action is really simple: First thing in the morning, sit quietly before stopping by Coffee Hour, of course, and think back on your yesterday, every part of it. I know there will be moments – what I learned from Beth Moore to call the Godstops – where you can literally say thank you…..

Thanking Him for you


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